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Tony Winner Comes Home To Hartford

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darkot1It was not your usual hum drum Hartford Stage annual meeting Tuesday.
Besides a crowd that was twice as large as usual, there was a champagne toast and an unexpected Tony Award winner in the room, executive director Darko Tresnjak.
Tresnjak,, who won the Broadway Tony Sunday for “best direction of a musical” earlier in the week, came home to Hartford for the annual meeting and the crowd went wild.
“It is still the most wonderful feeling,” said a beaming Tresnjak, who won for “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” which premiered at Hartford Stage in 2012. “That moment when they call your name, the feeling is so great. ”
“Gentlemen’s Guide” also won the prestigious “best musical” award.

So where does Tresnjak plan to display that precious, marble-based Tony that he was carefully darkot2showing the crowd.
“My favorite spot,” the kitchen” he grinned. “I love to cook, am always in the kitchen so that’s where it has to go, right next to my Cuisinart.”
While the stage basks in the glow of the two major awards, and then two more including one for costume design by Linda Cho, and book to musical by Robert Freedman, Tresnjak predicted more to come when it comes to award-winning work from Hartford.
“Just wait for next season,” smiled Tresnjak as the annual meeting got underway. “We are not done yet.”

Hartford Celebrates ‘Gentleman’s Guide’ Tony Wins

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tony55New York City had nothing on Hartford, Ct. Sunday as Hartford Stage supporters in two states celebrated big time when it came to the bouquet of Tony Awards gathered by “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.”

The play, which premiered at Hartford Stage before going on to Broadway, not only won best musical, but picked up three other precious Tony awards including “Best Direction of a Musical,” presented to Hartford’s Stage’s own Darko Tresnjak.

“I am overwhelmed,” said a tearful Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra as Tresnjak won his award early in the tony44program. “Anyone who thinks the arts don’t have value, just come to Hartford,” he added later after GGTLM won the big prize, “best musical.” “I am so proud of my city.”

Segarra, with husband Charlie Ortiz and sister Miriam Charles-Flores, were joined what seemed to be the entire Hartford Stage staff, board members and supporters who ate dinner in front of a big screen tv at The Society Room. Among the longtime Hartford Stage fans who attended were Cheryl Chase, hubby Stuart Bear, and Belle Ribicoff.

tony22“It doesn’t matter whether the play wins or loses tonight, it has to go to London,” said Ribicoff about the romp of a play about an aspiring earl who uses homicide as a means to his dream. “The Brits will get this play.”

Other awards picked up by GGTLM were “Best Book of a Musical” presented to Robert L. Freedman and “Best Costume Design of a Musical” presented to Linda Cho.

Chase and Bear had their own bragging to do as everyone waited for the awards show to start. Their niece, Sara Chase, daughter of Arnold and Sandy Chase, is one of the co-stars in a new NBC comedy series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” with Tina Fey and slated for the early 2015 season.

And their son-in-law, Ross Dyer, married to daughter Dara, will be one of the voices you hear on ESPN Radio broadcasting the World Cup games that begin June 12.

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“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”:

Hartford Stage Parties On Opening Night

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hst1Hartford Stage’s elite Director’s Society threw a little pre-show party Friday night to celebrate the opening of “Breath & Imagination.” But the party turned into a discussion about parties.

Artistic director Darko Tresnjak, small-talking it up with show playwright Daniel Beaty, couldn’t help but share some of the details of the stage’s annual springtime “Party At The Paint Shop” and more.

“I’m working on it. Let’s just say it has to do with angels and devils,” said Tresnjak, who since taking over at the stage has not only proven his artistic acumen but his expertise at throwing the perfect party as well.

“Think horns and halos” he teased, refusing to reveal more.

hst3And as Hartford Stage looks forward to its 2013-2014 50th anniversary, Tresnjak is way ahead of the pack when it comes to planning a proper celebration.

“Oh, I’ll be here for that party too,” he asserted. “I am already thinking about ways to celebrate our anniversary season.”

And as the VIP’ers noshed on appetizers there were others who were in party-planning mode.

CPTV president and CEO Jerry Franklin is in the midst of big plans for the network party in June and while he refused to name names on the record, let’s just say that the tentative guest list is shaping up to be sMASHing and as satisfying as BACON and eggs in the morning.

Parties aside, Beaty was the center of attention for his musical, the story of the first male African-American, world-renowned classical vocalist, Roland Hayes.

The fact it was a world premiere made it all that more exciting for Beaty who said he “loved” Hartford.

“I consider Hartford Stage one of my artistic homes,” the charming Beaty said. “I feel its soul.”